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The Desktop Linux Debate

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Desktop Linux Debate
2. Today's Top Story: Intel
    - Intel Speeds Up Plans For Dual-Core Xeons
    - Intel Plans Major Shift In Microprocessor Technology
    - Intel To Take Wraps Off Digital Health Plans
3. Breaking News
    - Mac OS X For Intel Hacked, Runs On Any PC
    - Exploit For Unpatched Veritas Backup Bug Circulates
    - Did Microsoft Invent The iPod?
    - Review: Apple Mouse Marks A Mighty Change
    - Study Finds Small Securities Firms Still Fail To Comply With SEC E-Mail-Archiving Regulations
    - Small Hard-Disk-Drive Market To Boom, Says Analyst
    - HP To Acquire Scitex For $230 Million
    - Edge Tech Intros 100GB 2.5-Inch External Drive
    - Court Revives Indictment In E-Mail-Interception Case
    - Students, And Security Threats, Head To Stanford
    - NOAA Wants To Change Weather Info-Sharing Policy
    - FBI Extends Use Of Business-Intelligence Software
    - AT&T Lands IP-Based Networking Deal With Accounting Firm
4. In Depth: Telecommunications
5. Voice Of Authority: AMD Servers
6. White Papers: Management Interfaces
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied tem the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jeff Raskin


1. Editor's Note: The Desktop Linux Debate

There's still no consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point. Here's the deal ...

For the foreseeable future, Linux has a shot at being implemented as a desktop operating system in places where you simply don't need a fat client--call centers, retail outlets, and so on. Otherwise, Microsoft quite simply owns the desktop. People are used to it, and even IT managers have grown accustomed to working around its flaws. At this point, there just doesn't seem to be a business case for most IT managers to add Linux to their companies' fleet of Windows-based PCs.

That's not to say it will always be this way, especially if the forces working against Microsoft want badly enough for Linux to succeed as a desktop operating system. For now, IBM seems content to promote desktop Linux in niche areas, in particular the aforementioned call-center community. "There are tens of millions of these jobs around the world where there's no unique dependency on Windows," IBM Software Group senior VP and group executive Steven Mills told me before his LinuxWorld keynote.

IT research firm Gartner had some interesting things to say this week about desktop Linux. Based on a survey of corporate buyers in the fourth quarter of 2004, just over 1% were running Linux desktops and open-source office products in their companies. In a separate study, Gartner estimates that only 3.2% of nonconsumer computer users will run Linux and open-source office products by 2008.

But that's not necessarily the end of the debate. Last week we reported that desktop Linux provider Linspire and PC maker Wintergreen have teamed up and already shipped thousands of Linux systems to dozens of schools throughout Indiana.

You can read more of my analysis of desktop Linux's prospects at my blog entry. Please share your thoughts as well in the comments section.

Larry Greenemeier
lgreenemeier@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Intel

Intel Speeds Up Plans For Dual-Core Xeons
Intel appears ready to introduce a dual-core Xeon in the fourth quarter and is expected to reveal those plans at the Intel Developer Forum on Aug. 23.

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Intel Plans Major Shift In Microprocessor Technology

The company plans to replace its Netburst architecture with a new line that's based in part on the Pentium M and is expected to feature multiple computing engines on a single chip, security features, and manageability functions.

Intel To Take Wraps Off Digital Health Plans
Intel for the first time will detail plans for its new Digital Health unit at the Intel Developer Forum, which opens Aug. 23 in San Francisco.


3. Breaking News

Mac OS X For Intel Hacked, Runs On Any PC
Apple's operating system for Intel-based computers, which is currently in the hands of developers, may have been cracked so that it will run on non-Apple hardware.

Exploit For Unpatched Veritas Backup Bug Circulates
Veritas Backup Exec has an unpatched vulnerability, Symantec says, and an exploit targeting the buggy backup software is in the wild.

Did Microsoft Invent The iPod?
According to the U.S. Patent Office, patent applications that cover much of the technology associated with the iPod were submitted by Microsoft.

Review: Apple Mouse Marks A Mighty Change
Dual-sensor, $50 "Mighty Mouse" brings Mac users into modern age while offering some innovations.

Study Finds Small Securities Firms Still Fail To Comply With SEC E-Mail-Archiving Regulations
More than one in three not yet archiving; one in five not even aware they must.

Small Hard-Disk-Drive Market To Boom, Says Analyst
Annual shipments of 1-inch-diameter hard-disk drives will nearly triple from 8.7 million units in 2004 to 23.2 million in 2005 and move on to 140.0 million units in 2009, according to The Information Network, a market research company.

HP To Acquire Scitex For $230 Million
Hewlett-Packard has moved to strengthen its computer printer unit by agreeing to acquire large-format printer manufacturer Scitex Vision for $230 million.

Edge Tech Intros 100GB 2.5-Inch External Drive
Edge Tech Corp. has announced the availability of an external 100GB 2.5-inch hard drive.

Court Revives Indictment In E-Mail-Interception Case
The full appeals court rules that E-mail interception could be considered illegal, which, according to one advocacy group, reaffirms that E-mail is a protected medium under privacy laws, protected from government wiretapping without a warrant and from misuse by service providers.

Students, And Security Threats, Head To Stanford
Stanford University's School of Education deploys new security modules from Juniper Networks to tighten security and boost network performance.

NOAA Wants To Change Weather Info-Sharing Policy
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to assure the private-sector weather industry that it's not a threat. Under a proposed policy revision, NOAA will "take advantage of existing capabilities and services of commercial and academic sectors to avoid duplication and competition in areas not related to the NOAA mission."

FBI Extends Use of Business-Intelligence Software
The agency also issues requests for proposals to build the Sentinel information-management system.

AT&T Lands IP-Based Networking Deal With Accounting Firm
Clifton Gunderson is installing an IP-based VPN that will provide voice-over-IP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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4. In Depth: Telecommunications

10 Top Pitfalls Of Implementing Converged IP Networks
Hossein Eslambolchi, CIO and chief technology officer at AT&T, outlines steps businesses can take to avoid problems as they move to converged networks of voice, video, and data.

Telecom Mergers Good For Competition: Study
Telecommunication industry consolidation will be good for competition, according to study by a George Mason University economist.

Bored On The Phone? Beware The Jerk-O-Meter
Software under development at MIT analyzes speech patterns and tone using mathematical algorithms that measure levels of stress and empathy in a person's voice to determine interest level in the conversation.

FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
While the FCC agreed with a request from law enforcement to affirm that VoIP falls under the purview of a wiretapping statute, alarmed industry groups warn that compliance will create more vulnerabilities and opportunities for hackers.

New Cell-Phone Services Will Offer Sports, Hispanic Programming, And Mickey Mouse
Virgin and 7-Eleven offer cell-phone services, and Disney, ESPN, and other businesses aren't far behind. The goal? Custom services that foster loyalty and generate revenue.


5. Voice Of Authority: AMD Servers

John Foley: For AMD, Linux User Base Drives Windows Server Sales
Advanced Micro Devices got its start in the server market by supplying 64-bit processors for use as the guts in Linux-based computers. Now, AMD's stake in the ground is working to Microsoft's advantage. The chipmaker's fast-growing server business is being driven, in part, by demand for Windows-on-AMD systems sold to business customers who got their start with Linux-on-AMD.


6. White Papers: Management Interfaces

The Secure Console--Browser-Based, Command-Line Interface, or Both?
Secure console management has become an essential requirement for operating today's complex data centers and managing assets across distributed environments. IT organizations need to give their core team of skilled sys admins ready access to critical business-computing resources on an anywhere/anytime basis.


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